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the conversation continues on twitter. you can follow us as well on good evening, rachel. >> good evening, lawrence. thank you. and thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. there few problems in american public policy that cannot be explained a little better with help from the great allegory that is "three's company." ♪ come and knock on our door ♪ we've been waiting for you ♪ where the kisses are hers and hers and his three's company too ♪ ♪ come and dance on our floor >> sorry. imagine if you will that our roommates in this allegorica case are paul ryan, john boehner
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and your desperately unemployed cousin suzanne somers. these are the roommates, and the roommates problem is that their rent is too high. they can no longer afford the place they're staying in. it was all right when they moved in, now it's going up and up and up. and it's too darn high. roommates john boehner and paul ryan go away together and come up with a plan to pay the rent. roommate paul ryan, barack obama and john boehner should pay less rent than what they are paying now, and the difference should be paid by your cousin. they say that's their plan for making the rent cheaper. does that actually make the rent cheaper? no, no it does not. as far as they're concerned it does. if no one's looking out for your cousin's interests, you would
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get away with saying it did. thank you "three's company." that's what the republican budget does about health care. it doesn't reduce costs at all, it just makes cuts to pay for more of those costs and calls it cheaper for everyone else. it looks at the problem of rising health care costs over time and says the government should stop paying its share of those costs, and let poor people and old people and disabled people -- let them just pay more for it on their own. sorry, cousin, that's how republicans deal with health costs -- or rather how they do not deal with health costs at all. and that rather brutal but true point was one of the many brutal points made today by president obama in his big, perhaps unexpectedly satisfying speech on the budget and spending, and what is the difference between a republican and a democrat in america today? now, as i say, i think this point about republicans and health care was a brutal point. i demonstrated this brutality by
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putting in the context of "three's company." listen to how the president did it. >> the third step in our approach is to further reduce health care spending in our budget. now, here the difference with the house republican plan could not be clear. their plan, essentially lowers the government's health care bills by asking seniors and poor families to pay them instead. is is is our approach reduces the cost of health care itself. >> he could not have sounded more genial and prof sorial when he said it. it could not have sounded any less blunt. but the point, it needed to be said. whether or not you saw the president's speech, my advice to you is to read it at some point. it's not very long, it only prints out to eight or nichb
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pages long. you can print it out from our website tonight, we posted it at if you did not see the speech and your first contact with it is going to be reading it. you will think when he grave this speech he must have been breathing fire and pounding the podium. nothing could be further from the truth. the message was less rotary and more roundhouse. the point about the republican's plan for making health care cheaper by making old people and poor people and disabled people pay more for it, that is a blunt confrontational point and it is a good point. the president's next point on that, was that the whole point of health reform is to bring down the cost of health care. republicans are still attacking that, even as they have no plan of their own on health care costs. that is a good point that is both true and has been sorely missing from all the political complaints about the reform. the paul ryan proposal to
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privatize medicare kills medicare. intrinsic to the whole idea of medicare is that it is an entitlement, that is it acts as a safety net. medicare, medicaid and social security are entitlements, and they work. among the nonsense rhetoric, the president made the point that it makes sense to run deficits when the country is at war or when the country is in a recession, but when you are not at war or in a recession, you should aim to get back in balance. deficits themselves are not even il, they have a purpose, they should be used strategically. that is a good point and one that has been sorely missing from the debate about deficits and debt and the budget. the president made the point today that after the huge reagan deficits for the 1980s, we got back to balance in the 1990s.
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he made the point that america's finances were in great shape by the year 2000. we went from deficit to surplus. america was actually on track he said to becoming completely debt free. and we were prepared for the retirement of the baby boomers, but then what happened? after democrats and republicans committed to fiscal discipline during the 1990s, we lost our way in the decade that followed. yeah, bingo. mr. obama continued we increased spending dramatically for two wars and an expensive prescription drug program. we didn't pay for any of this new spending, instead we made the problems worse with trillions of dollars in tax cuts. tax cuts that went to every millionaire and billionaire in the country. tax cuts that will force us to borrow $500 million every year for the next decade. once i took office we were not
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prepared for a baby boom retirement that is about to take place. we faced a terrible financial crisis and a recession. and what do you have to do in a recession? like he said, before, earlier in the speech, in a recession, you are supposed to be able to run a temporary deficit in order to keep the economy ticking. having to do that itself makes sense, he made the case for that today. having to do that while starting from an already catastrophic fiscal position that george w. bush left the country in, that's what does not make sense. that is the disaster. that is true. and that's a good point. and that has been missing from the debate about deficits and budget. just naming that the bush tax cuts were unpaid for, they exploded the deficit. just naming that, frankly is a hallelujah moment, that is a victory for math. cutting tax revenue reduces tax revenue. i know, i know, it's barely even math. but at this point it's a point that's been lost from the debate. and the president saying it
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today is a good point. and one that really should recenter the way that people talk about this stuff. mr. obama today confessed to signing an extension of those tax cuts this past december. he said he didn't think it was a good idea. he only did it under duress to stop something worse from happening that the republicans were going to force. will he let those tax cuts get renewed again? mr. president? >> we can't afford it. and i refuse to renew them again. >> cut that out and stick it to the fridge. beyond nailing the last republican president for the disastrous impact of his unpaid for tax cuts, president obama today nailed the republican party for proposing even more of the same, fiscally irresponsible tax cuts. house republicans are calling for $1 trillion in new tax breaks for the wealthy. in the last decade the average income of the bottom 90% of all
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working americans declined. the top 1% saw their income rise by an average of more than a quarter of a million dollars each. and that's who needs to pay less taxes? when you read this speech, you would think he would be firebreathing here, right? he is making firebreathing points. he could not have been more calm, cool and collected. he was doing math outloud. but it is devastating math. listen. >> that's who needs to pay less taxes? they want to give people like me a $200,000 tax cut that's paid for by asking 33 seniors each to pay $6,000 more in health costs. that's not right. and it's not going to happen as long as i'm president.
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>> and that was as wild as the crowd went during the whole speech. this does not sound like barn burning stuff, but the point president obama is making here, is exactly the point that the president's supporters have been waiting for him to make. you almost have to telestraight the arithmetic as he does this. if you do it, what he's saying can hit you. >> they want to give people like me a $200,000 tax cut. >> okay, stop. a $200,000 tax cut. okay, keep going. >> that's paid for by asking, 33 seniors -- >> wait, wait. do we have an icon for seniors? yes! keep going. >> that's paid for by asking 33 seniors each to pay $6,000 more in health costs. >> stop it. 33 seniors pay $6,000 each.
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the math, okay, finish it. >> that's not right. and it's not going to happen as long as i'm president. >> what he's saying, is that in order to get his $200,000 tax cut as one of the richest people in the country, the way republicans want to finance that is by extracting 6,000 from 33 old people. he is right. that's exactly what the republicans are trying to do, they're k4r5iclaiming to reduce deaf fit enough to afford this for rich people by squeezing from the people who the country has made a commitment to take care of. what the president is making the case that the republicans' proposal for america is transferring resources and money for people who really do not have it to spare in order to give a ton of those resources
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and money to people who are already rich. good point. and because that is a transfer of resources, and not a saving of resources, it not only isn't courageous or brave or serious, or any of the other things that the republicans are getting called right now on the beltway media. it's not brave or courageous, it's not even a real plan to reduce the deficit. and the president said that too. >> there's nothing serious about a plan that claims to reduce the deficit by spending a trillion dollars on tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. and i don't think there's anything courageous about asking for it from those who can least afford it and don't have any clout on capitol hill. that's not a vision of the america i know. >> it's transferring money from politically powerless people to rich people and claiming that's about the deficit when it is not. that is not serious or courageous, it is radical and something that does not resonate
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with american values. so said president obama today. whatever you heard about this speech, whether or not you believe the way that i am describing it, whether or not you watched it today, i never say on this show, print out and read this thing, or very rarely say it. in this case, if you have a second read it. spend a few minutes reading it. if you are a liberal or if you are a centrist, if you are a person who voted for president obama, if you were worried that president obama would not confront the republicans on what they are trying to do with the economy and instead would try angulate against it. mr. obama did not do that. if you were worried he would sell out medicare, medicaid, social security and say we can at forward them any more, like the republicans wanted him to say? mr. obama did not do that. if you were worried he would let the republicans in the beltway media get away with this assertion they make constantly that social security is causing the deficit, when it is not?
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he did not he called that out as bogus today. if you were worried he would follow the republican line that deficits themselves are always evil, that he would ignore the fact that republicans are the ones that create the worst ones and at the worst times, mr. obama did not do that. i am a liberal, and, therefore, i am a professional worrier about democrats talking smack about what liberals value, and about democrats sounding like republicans, and about democrats who are afraid to confront republicans. coming out of this last deal on the budget that president obama made with the republicans on friday night, frankly this president gave liberals reason to worry all over again. but today this is the start of 2012, if this is how the rest of this term is going to go, leading up to his re-election effort, if this is how president obama is going to run for re-election, how he's going to
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call republicans out for what they're for and explain what's really going on in the economy and speak up for his own values and explain why he believes democrats values are the right ones on this stuff, then as a liberal, i am less worried than i was. my only worry at this point is why did he give this speech at 1:30 on a wednesday and sort of whisper it. with a little finetuning, i think this could be a barn burner, i could imagine this one in a stadium over and over and over again. we'll be right back. >> we cannot afford $1 trillion worth of tax cuts for every millionaire and billionaire in our society. we can't afford it. and i refuse to renew them again. let me be absolutely clear, i will preserve these health care programs as a promise we make to each other in the society. i will not allow medicare to become a voucher program that leaves seniors at the mercy of the insurance industry. ere's bee in companies embracing the cloud--
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we cannot know right now whether the steadfastness of obama's morals -- and temptations to make deals intensifies, obama did tell us in clear unequivocal moral terms what he thinks it means to be a democrat, and those who have been waiting for him to do so should be quite satisfied by what they heard. i think that is absolutely right. that was greg sergeant writing at washington post today about the president's very important speech. it's a peculiarly lefty thing to be simultaneously delighted and worried. but the relationship between democrats and liberals is way more frout and way for complicated than it usually gets credit for. why today will go down as a benchmark day in the obama presidency. did you know prilosec otc
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one vision has been presented and champions by republicans in the house of representatives. a but the way this plan achieves those goals would lead to a fundamentally different america than the one we've known, certainly in my lifetime. in fact i think it would be fundamentally different than what we've known throughout our history. a 70% cut in clean energy. a 25% cut in education. a 30% cut in transportation.
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cuts in college pell grants that will grow to more than $1,000 per year. that's the proposal. these aren't the kinds of cuts you make when you're trying to get rid of some waste or find extra savings in the budget. these are the kinds of cuts that tell us we can't afford the america that i believe in, and i think you believe in. i believe it paints a vision of our future that is deeply pessimistic. >> these are not the cuts you make when you're trying to get rid of some waste or find extra savings in the budget. so why would you find them. implying these are the kinds of things you do when you're trying to fundamentally change the country. in other words, it's not about the budget. the president also today called out the republican's plan for claiming to reduce the deficit while also giving away another trillion dollar tax cut to rich people, which means that the president committed math live on
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television. very dangerous. his criticism of the republicans today was stronger than most people expected. does that buy him from his own party, his supporters, more faith that he will defend medicare, medicaid and social security even as he said today they need reform? it's great to have you back, senator sherrod brown. >> thanks for having me. >> i saw greg sergeant published your letter to the president advocating on medicare, asking him to protect america's seniors and oppose any attempts to dismantle medicare. did what the president say today make the kind of commitment you were looking to hear? >> yes, exactly within 24 hours, more than 20 senators joined me in that letter. at 2:00 in the afternoon, to a democratic caucus, already a couple dozen senators have signed on. it's fundamental in our party that we believe that medicare should be a public program, not
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a voucher program that we've seen this game before, where republicans do huge tax cuts for upper income people and pay for those tax cuts by cutting medicare, it's what newt gingrich tried to do in 1995, when he said medicare should wither in the vines, you can go back 30 years before that, when republicans and conservatives opposed medicare because they didn't want a big program. medicare has brought up -- the poverty rate in the country among seniors is low. 99% of seniors have insurance now, and medicare was founded in 1965, only half of seniors had any kind of comprehensive insurance. it's been a tremendous success, and this crowd, the right wing in this country try every decade or so, we have to beat it back. and the president said exactly the right thing today. >> there was one portion of the speech toward the end that i
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wrote -- when i knew i was going to talk about today, wiggle room? ask senator brown. the president said, there are those who said we shouldn't make any reforms to medicare, medicaid or social security, out of fear that any talk about change to these programs will urker in the radical steps the house republicans o s proposed. the president said he understands the proposals but there need to be changes to the program. are you worried about the wiggle room? >> no, what he wants to change makes perfect sense. we have a new kind of pharmaceutical in this country called biologics, they're pretty new, pretty expensive save lives. because they are so expensive they don't have a generic substitute. the president has fought hard, and tried during the health care debate, i worked with him on that, and we're going to renew
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that fight to bring generic competition for the biologics and pharmaceuticals so they're more broadly on the market. it will mean huge savings for taxpayers, for seniors, strengthening the medicare program. because you can get the same kind of help from pharmaceuticals and medicine without paying such a huge price for it. that's just one example. >> let me ask you a specific senate question about how some of those specific types of policies are going to be worked out. why does the senate keep separating off into these gangs? these bipartisan even split noncommittees like this gang of six that's supposed to be doing work on deficit reduction proposals right now? democrats control the senate, why do work like this in a 50/50 split with republicans, instead of just doing it through the normal senate processes. >> i think it's kind of become a senate tradition that groups of people work on things. and that's fine in a formal way,
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but ultimately, we need to work together as democrats, not to -- i would certainly work bipartisanly, but on sound principles like medicare and social security and pell grants that the president pledged to defend. on issues of protecting planned parenthood and what conservatives tried to do last week, to defund a group, if you will, that provides primary care to 3 million women in this country. we stand on principle there, we fight together on those things. some of these preliminary working out of issues is fine, but in the end the president needs to stand strong, as he's doing starting today, i think, on these fundamental democratic principles, that there's huge consensus in this country, there's mainstream values in the democratic party, but also the mainstream values in this country. opportunity for kids in college, opportunity for kids with head start, medicare, social security, safe drinking water,
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clean air, those kinds of things. civil rights is what this country stands for, those of us in a are progressive democrats are proud of our party. >> senator sherrod brown from ohio, thanks for your time. >> thank you. >> now joining us is dean baker, economist. dr. baker, appreciate you joining us tonight. >> thanks for having me on, rachel. >> when i heard the president say that social security is not causing the deficit, and it makes sense to run deficits in times of economic downturn or wartime, health reform is all about the budget because it brings down costs and costs are the real problem. when the president said those things, they sounded like straight talk attacking the dumb beltway wisdom on the economy. you're the economist here, did you react to those things in the same way? >> mostly. let me give the negatives and then i'll come back with the positives. we have.8% unemployment, that should be front and center on everyone's agenda. even george w. bush signed a
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stimulus bill back when the unemployment rate was 4.7%. getting jobs in the economy should be front and center, unfortunately, we have this deficit obsession that the washington beltway crowd has been pushing. on that score, i agree with most of what president obama said. it's absolutely right with social security, not contributing to the deficit, that's by law. it can't contribute to the deficit. medicare and health care, he made the point exactly right, the problem is, we have to constrain health care costs, the problem is the private sector health care system, not the medicare and medicaid programs. he talked about constraining costs on his programs, but not going the route representative ryan wants to go privatizing them which would send costs through the roof. he made a lot of very good points i appreciate. >> you feel like, just to summarize, that the president made points that you appreciated him hearing, you think he rebutted a lot of the work stuff you've seen coming from the right. from your perspective, what he needed to make a further case for is more stimulus, more
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government action to create jobs? >> absolutely, to my mind is is unconscionable to sit back and have people say, we're worried about the deficit 10, 20 years unite when we have unemployed, underemployed. they aren't the ones that made the mistakes, it was alan greenspan, ben bernanke, not the people out of work suffering. >> people talking about tax rates, how tax rates for the richest people in the country are at a 50 year low. he mocked the republican budget plan as unserious, for trying to give another trillion dollars in cuts to wealthy people. but the stand he's taking is less about taxes and more about reducing spending over time. do you expect progressive economists to push him on that ratio of spending and taxes? >> yeah, well, the number he came out with, he said he wanted to have $3 in spending cuts for
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every $1 in tax increase. you are sort of hard pressed to say are what's been the big explosion in spending here? this is what the republicans jump on, the reality was, there was an increased spending associated with the recession, unemployment benefits and programs like that because of the recession. there hasn't been this crazed rush of spending. there certainly are areas we could cut, and i would highlight the military budget. that's in the area, and president obama did propose some cuts, i would like to see more there. but the idea that you have to have $3 cuts in spending for every $1 in taxes, that has us all worrying. that's a starting position, we're getting something less. that's cause for concern. >> that point about whether this is the starting position or the ending position, i'm seeing emerge today among a lot of economic commentators from the left. what he talked about would be a good move forward for the country and the hope now is this
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could be a strong bargaining position, rather than a place he will move right from. dean baker, it's good to have you here tonight. thank you. >> thanks for having me on. debunktion junction coming up later in the show tonight. i can tell you from here, it's a dozen zbi, please stay with us. ♪ [ male announcer ] you've reached the age where you don't back down from a challenge. this is the age of knowing how to make things happen. so, why would you let something like erectile dysfunction get in your way? isn't it time you talked to your doctor about viagra? 20 million men already have. with every age comes responsibility. ask your doctor if your heart is healthy enough for sex. do not take viagra if you take nitrates for chest pain, as it may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. side effects may include headache, flushing, upset stomach, and abnormal vision. to avoid long-term injury, seek immediate medical help for an erection lasting more than four hours.
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through true or false, house republicans just forced president obama to cut the budget this year by nearly $39
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billion. from house speaker john boehner's blog, the agreement will immediately cut $38.5 billion in federal spending. is that true or false? false. despite appearing in a post that mr. boehner's blog entitled key facts and despite being picked up by major media outlets, mr. boehner's claim to be cutting nearly $39 billion immediately is false. seriously. the nonpartisan congressional office reported on what the dollars and cents are exactly in this deal we've all heard about, the deal is not for 39 billion in cuts immediately, it is for $39 billion over all sorts of different time frames that nobody can explain. the amount that's actually expected to be saved immediately as mr. boehner says, say by the end of this budget year by being generous, it's not $38.5 billion
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but this many dollars. that's an m not a b. when john boehner says the house is cutting $3.5 billion immediately, what he really means is, they're cutting less than 1% of that figure between now and the end of the fiscal year. true or false, this was an installment of the rachel maddow show's debunktion junction. true and false. in other words, sort of. john boehner's claim about immediate spending cuts was just debunked right here. this was a prejunction debunktion, a full blown full on debunktion junction. the audio alone is enough to stay up for even if you're already sleepy.
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bac bacon? kevin bacon did nothing to have his name and reputation supplanted by the six degrees of separation mime. but nonetheless the same thing is happening to jon kyl. not john cornyn, kyl. sometimes it's hard to keep track, at least it was before this week, when jon kyl became a very famous internet mime. chris hayes talked about this on "the last word" last night. after staying on the floor of the senate, well over 90% of what planned parenthood does is abortion, senator jon kyl's office clarified his remark by saying what the senator said was not intended to be a factual statement. what? go to and
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forcing doctors to read scripts by state legislatures. and everything you can imagine, the thing most closely resembling a pushback against that is planned parenthood getting federal funds. 97% of what planned parenthood does is something other than abortion, and there's no federal funding for their abortion services or anyone els. that is is the character of the push back, who is standing up for abortion rights? for women who have access to abortion? politically, what would standing up to are that look like now? cecile richards, the woman at the center of the storm joins us tonight for the interview next. they're the future of america, so let's build them up strong,
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i think senator kyl went on the floor and said 90% of planned parenthood's money is used for abortion and 10% for health care. it's actually the reverse. >> more than 90% of care provided by planned parenthood
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is preventative management. >> let's understand something else and let's not confuse the american people, the hyde amendment governs this, not one single dime can be used for abortion. >> democratic senators coming to the defense of planned parenthood last week as republican s were threatening t shut down the entire government because they wanted to defund planned parenthood. your organization is about as under attack as a single entity can be in america, season the that right? >> regardless of what else it is you do as an abortion provider, you are presumably always under attack from the anti-abortion movement, the mainstream political arm as well as the fringe of it. earlier this year, you were the subject of one of those fake prostitute hidden camera sting
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operations that are popular these day, and now republicans nearly shutting down the government because they wanted to defund you. is there a precedent for this? is this business as usual and we're all just noticing? >> i've never seen anything like this in my life. reading the new york times cover story to me said it all, when you see the speaker of the house, the third most powerful man in america literally phoning the president, the head of the free world and we're on the verge of shutting down the federal government over weather or not planned parenthood can continue to provide pap smears to women, this is something that is out of the realm of anything we've ever seen in america, and it shows how completely out of touch speaker boehner is with the health care needs of women in this country. >> why do you think that republicans chose you when they were looking for -- clearly they were looking for some sort of culture war fight. they didn't pick gay marriage,
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school vouchers, necessarily, they picked you, they picked planned parenthood. why do you think they did? >> there was an extreme element of the republican party and they are holding hostage a whole host of things, and that's -- i think it's an enormous political mistake, what we are seeing repeatedly, hundreds of thousands of women and men have been writing in to planned parenthood since the house tried to eliminate services of planned parenthood. people all across the country are saying, how could this be happening? we heard the statements by glenn beck the other day, about who goes to planned parenthood. we had people posting to our facebook saying, i don't think he understands that thousands of military servicemen go to parenthood when docs on base camps see them. it's completely showing how out of touch they are with the health care needs of american women, average folks.
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>> during this whole fight, the criticism has been not true, weird distorsion, a couple things are developing among your defenders. they're saying, no, really abortion is only a tiny portion of what planned parenthood does, and theydoes. the thing that no one really seems to be saying is, hey, it's also really important that planned parenthood is able to provide access to abortion. do you think that is emerging as a political problem here, that there aren't enough people standing up specifically for the abortion rights side of this fight? >> i think folks are very familiar with planned parenthood that we provide full reproductive health care in america. and that's really important. but i think what is important, too, rachel, that folks understand that literally what the house of representatives and what speaker boehner are trying to do is not end abortion services. they are trying to eliminate birth control and cancer screenings for women. i just think that's -- that shows how extreme these measures
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are. and i actually think -- i have to say, i think even center kyl's statement the other day has done more to educate people about the array of services available at planned parenthood health centers than anything we ever could have done. it's -- but it's these misstatements that i think have galvanized people across the country in defense of planned parenthood, in defense of women's reproductive health care. >> on that specific issue of abortion, specifically really with that issue in the states rather than at the federal government because we have the hyde amendment at the federal level, do you expect this fight to morph into a, frankly, democratic party based defense of access to abortion. democrats are not mounting a very stiff resistance to what republicans are doing in the state, specifically on access to abortion services. >> i think we're seeing in state legislatures across the country, as you mentioned earlier, very extreme legislation being proposed. again, i think by very extreme elements of the republican party. i have actually been encouraged at the federal level to see not
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only democratic senators coming to the defense of planned parenthood but also republican senators who are saying, look. this is a basic health care provider to 3 million people every year. 1 in 5 women in america have been to a planned parenthood health center and we need more access to, frankly, affordable, quality health care, not less. so i am hoping we're beginning to see republicans and democrats come together in defense of women's reproductive health care. y is seal richards, president of planned parenthood of america. thank you very much for your time tonight. >> thanks for having me, rachle. senator james inhofe lands his own plane. yes he had clearance. senator inhofe always has clearance. we have the audio from the guys who james inhofe almost hit on the runway when he landed. seriously, that's next.
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debunktion junction, what's my function? first question, true or false. oklahoma republican senator james mountain inhofe is so not that great of a pilot that the faa made him take remedial instruction after a bizarre near disaster at a small airport last fall? is that true or false? true. the smoking gun today revealed the amazing audio recordings of witnesses to a bizarre senator caused aviation near miss that happened last fall. it happened in october. the gentleman from oklahoma was piloting his plane -- i don't know how you do that. that's like this maybe. six-seater cessna. he decided to land his plane on a closed runway at a small airport in south texas. it was a closed runway. it was a runway marked with a big yellow x as in closed. as in don't land here. probably looked something like
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this. the reason it was closed is because it was filled with construction vehicles. also with living human construction workers. according to the details released today, senator inhofe's plane briefly touched down on the closed runway, then sky hopped over six vehicles on the runway before landing again for real. here is the amazing witness audio released today by the smoking gun. >> scared the crap out of us on the north end, then he started to land on the other side of us and there was a couple of trucks there. he near hit us. and he hopscotched over him and landed on the runway anyway. >> did you get a call sign of the aircraft? >> yes, sir, i've got it. the pilot's name is james inhofe. well, he landed right in the middle of us, and i've got a list of witnesses. i've got about ten people on the runway. scared the death out of us. and then some people up here at the hangar which is real close to where the red truck was
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coming up the runway. that's where i pulled over. i think he wet his britches he was scared to death. the pilot could see him, or he should have been able to. he was right on him before he could -- >> yeah. >> let me -- and you said you had his name? what was his names again? >> james inhofe. they tell me he's a senator from oklahoma. >> that he is. when approached today for comment, senator inhofe called this an old story. indeed, senator inhofe talked about this near miss on february on the senate floor. he maintained he had done nothing wrong but still accepted his punishment of remedial ground training and flight instruction. among the topics, cockpit management and distractions. and aeronautical decisionmaking. so jim inhofe, pilot, neat. also jim inhofe pilot, terrifying. that one is true. next up, true or false.
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